Robert Bridges published three versions of his sonnet sequence, The Growth of Love. The best known of these is the final edition, published in 1898, and which contains 69 sonnets. The first version, published in 1876, contains only 24 sonnets, a few of which are replicated in the later editions, but not in the same order. For example, the 1898 version concludes with a rendering of the Lord's Prayer, which is the penultimate poem in the 1876 edition. In this edition, unlike the later ones, the sonnets are given titles, which provide a suggestion of a narrative, which is much less pronounced in the later versions.
As copies of the 1876 edition are hard to come by, this recording will give listeners a rare opportunity to appreciate Bridge's view of the phenomenon of love during the earlier years of his career as a poet.
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